Advancing Hip Hop as a Path Toward Equity

Real Talk for Real Change Symposia Series

Advancing Hip Hop as a Path Toward Equity

The Real Talk for Real Change symposia series is open to the public and focuses on the critical issues of racial justice in education by centering the voices of UW–Madison scholars of color and community members. Our hope is to share knowledge and facilitate conversations that will equip our UW–Madison and the wider education community to focus on equity in our education policies, curriculum, and practices of teaching and learning.

Hip hop is an urban cultural arts movement rooted in African traditions that has continuously shaped sound, dance, visual art, youth culture, and education. In this Real Talk for Real Change symposium, Advancing Hip Hop as a Path Toward Equity, we bring together hip hop artists, scholars, and educators to share artistic representations, discuss connections between hip hop and youth-led movements for Black lives, and to share proven practices in hip hop education as paths toward youth empowerment and equity.

Our panel features the following special guests:

  • Michele Byrd-McPhee (Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence, UW–Madison Division of the Arts)
  • Rob Dz (Madison/Beloit-based Rapper)
  • Michael Ford (Hip-Hop Architect, Founder of Hip-Hop Architecture Camp)
  • Duane Holland, Jr. (Professor, UW–Madison Dance Department)
  • Sofia Snow (Director of the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives and First Wave Scholarship Program, UW–Madison)

This event is hosted by the School of Education’s Offices of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI), and PLACE. This partnership was made possible by the generosity of the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services (WCEPS) and the School of Education’s Impact 2030 Initiative.

Program Details

When: November 19, 2020, 3–5 p.m. CDT

Where: Online

Program Fee: Free

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Program Coordinators

Lisa Barker

Education Director

LaVar J. Charleston

Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Richard Halverson

Associate Dean for Innovation, Outreach and Partnerships, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Yorel Lashley

Director of Arts


If you have questions about the Real Talk for Real Change Symposia Series, please email Education Director Lisa Barker at